Press Through

I haven’t blogged in a really long time and with all of the things happening in the US, there’s plenty to talk about. I have so many things to share, but I will keep it simple and focus on what’s been pressing at my heart.

I spent time with a really good friend of mine this weekend and we were talking about life, faith, family and community. She said something that really resonated with me…she said, “we need to turn our pain into purpose”. She’s right! With all the crime, racial and political division, depression, poverty etc. it is easy to get caught up in the hype of it all. We’re so focused on the presidential campaign that we’re forgetting people are still without basic needs, food, shelter, clothing.

This has been a really emotional year for me. With all of the many challenges I’ve faced this year such as; someone breaking into my home and struggling to replace the things that were stolen from my family. My eleven year old is now too afraid to sleep in his room or live in the house. The good thing is we live in a rental and the lease will be up next month. It’s been hard to pull up in front of a house that was vandalized and call it home. I wanted to break my lease and run away I felt so violated but, I had to press through and encourage my son when I needed someone to encourage me. Some of the people at work were shocked when I told them about the robbery because I kept smiling and coming in to work. You have to press through the bad days in order to get to the good days.

We all have something that we’re struggling with. We must move forward and redirect our focus from our pain and turn into something purposeful. Participate in a cause or group that shares your same life mission. Help others to overcome their fears and challenges. Start a group or a club with other like minded people. Do whatever it takes to start feeling better about life. Someone needs to know your story because it will give them hope and empower them to be free.

Until next time…

Remorse Anyone?

My nine-year old son and I were talking in the car last evening about the word “recall.”  He heard the word being used to describe cars that were being recalled. I asked him to define the word “recall” he explained as best he could and he did a good job. Being a mother I over explained what  “recall”  means in order to be sure he understood in hopes that he will use it properly in the future. In my explanation I used the word “retract” and provided an example.  This morning I woke up feeling remorseful about something that I engaged in later that evening.  This morning I found myself lying in bed replaying my evening beginning with the conversation I had with my son and wishing that I could take back everything that happened later in the night.  I began to remember that I have exposed my eyes and ears to a lot of the things that haven’t always been good for me. There has been times I wanted to retract something hurtful I have said to someone. Unfortunately, we are sometimes too prideful to do so other times we just don’t how much we have affected the other person.  I think that it is good to feel remorse because you change they way you live your life. I don’t believe in living in the past. But ,you can learn from the past and you can use it as fuel to power you through to the next phase of your life. Who can really go through life without remorse of any kind?